In keeping with TJX's global efforts to be a good corporate citizen and give back to the communities in which we do business, Associates throughout our organization give of themselves throughout the year as well by volunteering. They spend many hours of their personal time adding value to other people's lives. Whether in Toronto, Philadelphia, London, or Sydney, these volunteer efforts are often focused around the mission of TJX's charitable giving programs around the world; that is:
Help those most in need build a better future... a future in which families' and children's basic needs are met and in which they have access to the opportunities they need to succeed and thrive.
Some of our Associates' volunteer efforts have involved spending time helping children with special needs at Holland Bloorview Rehabilitation Hospital; serving meals to homeless men at a rescue mission; donating and filling school backpacks for needy children from low-income families; and training for and completing a marathon to raise money and awareness for cancer research.
The TJX Canada team has a long history of supporting Covenant House Toronto, an organization that advocates for homeless young people by providing them with housing and support services. In addition to making donations to Covenant House, our Associates enthusiastically volunteer their time throughout the year at Canada's largest youth shelter to help serve food, stock supplies and participate in programs.
With an estimated 35,000 youth struggling to find stable housing in Toronto, Covenant House needs increasing financial support to help meet the city's needs1. To bring awareness to this important cause, TJX Canada's President, Doug Mizzi, and SVP of Planning, Mark Heitin, were among 70 other top business and community leaders from the Greater Toronto Area who grabbed their sleeping bags and a cardboard "mattresses" one cold night in November to participate in the fifth annual Covenant House Executive Sleep Out.
"By participating in this event, I did my small part to make sure the doors stay open for all who need them," said Doug Mizzi, whose participation this past November marked his second Sleep Out. "I was happy to support the cause, but the event also gave me first-hand experience with the great work that Covenant House does. I was able to meet the Covenant House team and some of their clients, which really underscored the importance and value of the support TJX Canada provides."
The group raised more than $1 million for the cause for the fifth year in a row. As importantly, they raised awareness of the high number of homeless youth in the city and their struggles. The Toronto effort was part of an international event that happened simultaneously at 15 other Covenant House sites across Canada and the U.S.
To learn more about our work in the community, visit the Corporate Responsibility/Our Communities section of tjx.com.
By participating in this event, I did my small part to make sure the doors stay open for all who need them.- Doug Mizzi
1 Covenant House Facts & Stats (link)
Posted: March 2017